Abu Dhabi Stamps and Postal History


Stamp SetBefore the actual release the print set must have been run through for trial. Some of the first trial run produced inverted overprints. As such the inverted overprints known on the 5 Fils and 10 Fils should not be considered errors as they were never issued but rather be considered printers waste. Both values were part of the first group of provisional stamps issued. Is there an inverted 60 Fils?

At a 2002 David Feldman Auction the 5 Fils inverted overprint was for sale. The description referred to only one sheet existing if accurate that means that there are only 50 copies of the 5 Fils stamp.

There are many questions as to whether this is a forgery made at a later stage given the fact the the overprint does not match that of the normal 10 Fils. Whether or not this is accurate can not be determined given that the actual stamp is exactly what it is - printers waste and as such may not carry the final overprint setting.
Type of StampDefinitive
Web Cat.86a
CountryAbu Dhabi
Issue Date01-Aug-1972
Denomination10 Fils
Sheet SizeSheet of 50 (5 by 10 vertically 2 panes of 25)
DescriptionThe U.A.E. Provisional Issue Inverted Stamps - 1972
PrinterThe stamps were initially printed in lithography by De La Rue & Co. but the overprint was done by the National Printing Press of Abu Dhabi.
CommentsThe attached expert opinion shows the stamp as being a forgery.
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